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Half a million turn out for Balloon Fiesta

Five of the seven planned mass ascents were able to go ahead Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around half a million people turned out for this year's Bristol Balloon Fiesta. Organisers say they are delighted with the success of the event. Despite high winds on Saturday and some damp weather five of the seven mass ascents went ahead.

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Thousands turn out for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta night glow

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta night glow Credit: ITV West

Thousands of people descended on Ashton Court in Bristol last night for the night glow, one of the highlights of the city's balloon fiesta.

Around 30 hot air balloons were lit up in time to music in the now world-famous spectacle. Events continue today with the first mass ascent of the festival going ahead this morning - weather permitting.

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